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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324665/assessing-the-prediction-accuracy-of-a-cure-model-for-censored-survival-data-with-long-term-survivors-application-to-breast-cancer-data
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Junichi Asano, Akihiro Hirakawa
The Cox proportional hazards cure model is a survival model incorporating a cure rate with the assumption that the population contains both uncured and cured individuals. It contains a logistic regression for the cure rate, and a Cox regression to estimate the hazard for uncured patients. A single predictive model for both the cure and hazard can be developed by using a cure model that simultaneously predicts the cure rate and hazards for uncured patients; however, model selection is a challenge because of the lack of a measure for quantifying the predictive accuracy of a cure model...
February 13, 2017: Journal of Biopharmaceutical Statistics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324655/tracking-the-energy-flow-on-nanoscale-via-sample-transmitted-excitation-photoluminescence-spectroscopy
#2
Pavel Moroz, Natalia Razgoniaeva, Yufan He, Gregory Jensen, Holly Eckard, H Peter Lu, Mikhail Zamkov
Tracking the energy flow in nanoscale materials is an important yet challenging goal. Experimental methods for probing the intermolecular energy transfer (ET) are often burdened by the spectral crosstalk between donor and acceptor species, which complicates unraveling their individual contributions. This issue is particularly prominent in inorganic nanoparticles and biological macromolecules featuring broad absorbing profiles. Here, we demonstrate a general spectroscopic strategy for measuring the energy transfer efficiency between nanostructured or molecular dyes exhibiting a significant donor-acceptor spectral overlap...
March 21, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324634/cover-image-volume-114-number-5-may-2017
#3
Eden Ozer, Yonatan Chemla, Orr Schlesinger, Haim Yuval Aviram, Inbal Riven, Gilad Haran, Lital Alfonta
Cover Legend The cover image, by Eden Ozer et al., is based on the Article In vitro suppression of two different stop codons, DOI: 10.1002/bit.26226.
May 2017: Biotechnology and Bioengineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324241/numerical-simulation-and-scaling-of-droplet-deformation-in-a-hyperbolic-flow
#4
Erfan Kadivar, Atefeh Alizadeh
Motivated by a recent experiment (C. Ulloa et al., Phys. Rev. E 89, 033004 (2014)), droplet deformation in a flat microfluidic channel having a cross intersection with two inlet channels and two outlet channels, i.e. hyperbolic flow, is numerically investigated. Employing the boundary element method (BEM), we numerically solve the Darcy equation in the two dimensions and investigate droplet motion and droplet deformation as the droplet enters the cross intersection. We numerically find that the maximum deformation of droplet depends on droplet size, capillary number, viscosity ratio and flow rate ratio of the two inlets...
March 2017: European Physical Journal. E, Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323889/towards-a-critical-evaluation-of-an-empirical-and-volume-based-solvation-function-for-ligand-docking
#5
Heloisa S Muniz, Alessandro S Nascimento
Molecular docking is an important tool for the discovery of new biologically active molecules given that the receptor structure is known. An excellent environment for the development of new methods and improvement of the current methods is being provided by the rapid growth in the number of proteins with known structure. The evaluation of the solvation energies outstands among the challenges for the modeling of the receptor-ligand interactions, especially in the context of molecular docking where a fast, though accurate, evaluation is ought to be achieved...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323857/myocardial-ischemia-reperfusion-enhances-transcriptional-expression-of-endothelin-1-and-vasoconstrictor-etb-receptors-via-the-protein-kinase-mek-erk1-2-signaling-pathway-in-rat
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Gry Freja Skovsted, Lars Schack Kruse, Lukas Adrian Berchtold, Anne-Sofie Grell, Karin Warfvinge, Lars Edvinsson
BACKGROUND: Coronary artery remodelling and vasospasm is a complication of acute myocardial ischemia and reperfusion. The underlying mechanisms are complex, but the vasoconstrictor peptide endothelin-1 is suggested to have an important role. This study aimed to determine whether the expression of endothelin-1 and its receptors are regulated in the myocardium and in coronary arteries after experimental ischemia-reperfusion. Furthermore, we evaluated whether treatment with a specific MEK1/2 inhibitor, U0126, modified the expression and function of these proteins...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323837/lion-trophy-hunting-in-west-africa-a-response-to-bouch%C3%A3-et-al
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H Bauer, P Henschel, C Packer, C Sillero-Zubiri, B Chardonnet, E A Sogbohossou, H H De Iongh, D W Macdonald
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323521/hs1bp3-provides-a-novel-mechanism-of-negative-autophagy-regulation-through-membrane-lipids
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Zhangyuan Yin, Daniel J Klionsky
The formation and maturation of the autophagosome, a morphological hallmark of macroautophagy/autophagy, is tightly controlled with regard to location, timing and intensity. Various proteins have been characterized to be essential in regulating autophagosome biogenesis, whereas little is known about the roles of specific lipids and their metabolizing enzymes in this process. In a recent paper, Holland et al. identified the phosphoinositide-binding protein HS1BP3 as a novel negative regulator of autophagosome formation...
March 21, 2017: Autophagy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323515/a-nested-group-sequential-framework-for-regional-evaluation-in-global-drug-development-program
#9
William Wang, Zhiwei Jiang, Jingjun Qiu, Jielai Xia, Xiang Guo
The primary objective of a multiregional clinical trial (MRCT) is to assess the efficacy of all participating regions and evaluate the probability of applying the overall results to a specific region. The consistency assessment of the target region with the overall results is the most common way of evaluating the efficacy in a specific region. Recently, Huang et al. (2012) proposed an additional trial in the target region to an MRCT to evaluate the efficacy in the target ethnic (TE) population under the framework of simultaneous global drug development program (SGDDP)...
February 10, 2017: Journal of Biopharmaceutical Statistics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320289/cancer-bad-luck-or-punishment
#10
A V Lichtenstein
Contrasting opinions on the role of extrinsic and intrinsic factors in cancer etiology (Tomasetti, C., and Vogelstein, B. (2015) Science, 347, 78-81; Wu, S., et al. (2016) Nature, 529, 43-47) variously define priorities in the war on cancer. The correlation between the lifetime risk of several types of cancer and the total number of divisions of normal self-renewing cells revealed by the authors has given them grounds to put forward the "bad luck" hypothesis. It assumes that ~70% of cancer variability is attributed to random errors arising during DNA replication in normal, noncancerous stem cells, i...
January 2017: Biochemistry. Biokhimii︠a︡
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320027/distance-between-active-electrode-contacts-and-dentatorubrothalamic-tract-in-patients-with-habituation-of-stimulation-effect-of-deep-brain-stimulation-in-essential-tremor
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Judith Maria Anthofer, Kathrin Steib, Max Lange, Eva Rothenfusser, Claudia Fellner, Alexander Brawanski, Juergen Schlaier
Background Some patients under thalamic deep brain stimulation (DBS) for essential tremor (ET) experience habituation of tremor reduction. The nucleus ventralis intermedius (Vim) is the current main target side for ET in DBS. However, the dentatorubrothalamic tract (DRTT) is considered the relevant structure to stimulate. We investigated the distance between the active contact of the DBS electrode and the DRTT and compared this distance in patients with habituation of tremor reduction and good responders...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Neurological Surgery. Part A, Central European Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319839/escherichia-coli-removal-from-model-substrates-underlying-mechanism-based-on-nanofluid-structural-forces
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Jiyoung Shim, Alex Nikolov, Darsh Wasan
Understanding the interactions between bacteria and solid surfaces that result in bacterial adhesion and removal is of immense importance for reducing foodborne illness outbreaks. A nanofluid formulation comprised of a sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) micellar aqueous solution in the presence of an organic acid (as a pH controller) was used to test the E. coli K12 removal from two substrates, polyvinylchloride (PVC) and partially hydrophobic glass. We investigated the bacterial removal efficacy based on the combined effect of the nanofluid's structural forces and bacterial isoelectric point...
March 12, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319317/p-hacking-can-be-avoided-with-core-outcome-sets
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J van 't Hooft, K S Khan
The article by Thornton et al. establishes with data from progestogen trials something we have always feared, i.e. the corruption of reported results through selective publication of outcomes. In their analysis, trials with a predefined primary outcome showed no effect of progesterone consistently; trials that did not report a predefined primary outcome, however, had a tendency to show more promising results. Indeed this problem is so ingrained that even prospective registration of trials has not fully addressed it...
March 20, 2017: BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319295/cytosine-radical-cation-a-gas-phase-study-combining-irmpd-spectroscopy-uv-pd-spectroscopy-ion-molecule-reactions-and-theoretical-calculations
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Michael Lesslie, John T Lawler, Andy Dang, Joseph A Korn, Daniel Bim, Vincent Steinmetz, Philippe Maitre, Frantisek Turecek, Victor Ryzhov
The radical cation of cytosine (Cyt*+) was generated via dissociative oxidation from a ternary Cu(II) complex in the gas phase. The radical cation was characterized by infrared multiple photon dissociation (IRMPD) spectroscopy in the fingerprint region, UV-VIS photodissociation (UV-PD), ion-molecule reactions, and theoretical calculations (density functional theory and ab initio). The IRMPD experimental spectrum has diagnostic bands for two enol/amino and two keto/amino tautomers of Cyt*+, that were calculated to be among the lowest-energy isomers in concert with a previous work (J...
March 20, 2017: Chemphyschem: a European Journal of Chemical Physics and Physical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319282/stereotactic-radiosurgery-for-essential-tremor-retrospective-analysis-of-a-19-year-experience
#15
Ajay Niranjan, Sudesh S Raju, Ali Kooshkabadi, Edward Monaco, John C Flickinger, L Dade Lunsford
BACKGROUND: Essential Tremor (ET) is a common movement disorder that can be disabling. Initial treatment is in the form of medical therapies. Patients with medically refractory ET seek surgical intervention which include radiofrequency thalamotomy, deep brain stimulation, and radiosurgical thalamotomy. Radiosurgical thalamotomy is a minimally invasive surgical option which is especially valuable for elderly and high surgical risk patients. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to retrospectively analyze the outcomes of stereotactic radiosurgery for patients suffering from medically refractory essential tremor...
March 20, 2017: Movement Disorders: Official Journal of the Movement Disorder Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319171/a-reported-20-gene-expression-signature-to-predict-lymph-node-positive-disease-at-radical-cystectomy-for-muscle-invasive-bladder-cancer-is-clinically-not-applicable
#16
Kim E M van Kessel, Harmen J G van de Werken, Irene Lurkin, Angelique C J Ziel-van der Made, Ellen C Zwarthoff, Joost L Boormans
BACKGROUND: Neoadjuvant chemotherapy (NAC) for muscle-invasive bladder cancer (MIBC) provides a small but significant survival benefit. Nevertheless, controversies on applying NAC remain because the limited benefit must be weight against chemotherapy-related toxicity and the delay of definitive local treatment. Therefore, there is a clear clinical need for tools to guide treatment decisions on NAC in MIBC. Here, we aimed to validate a previously reported 20-gene expression signature that predicted lymph node-positive disease at radical cystectomy in clinically node-negative MIBC patients, which would be a justification for upfront chemotherapy...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319164/modeling-the-potential-impact-on-the-us-blood-supply-of-transfusing-critically-ill-patients-with-fresher-stored-red-blood-cells
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Arianna Simonetti, Hussein Ezzeldin, Mikhail Menis, Stephen McKean, Hector Izurieta, Steven A Anderson, Richard A Forshee
BACKGROUND: Although some studies have suggested that transfusion recipients may have better medical outcomes if transfused with red blood cell units stored for a short time, the overall body of evidence shows mixed results. It is important to understand how using fresher stored red blood cell units for certain patient groups may affect blood availability. METHODS: Based on the Stock-and-Flow simulation model of the US blood supply developed by Simonetti et al. 2014, we evaluated a newly implemented allocation method of preferentially transfusing fresher stored red blood cell units to a subset of high-risk group of critically ill patients and its potential impact on supply...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319052/a-tail-of-opioid-receptor-variants
#18
Stephanie Puig, Howard B Gutstein
Opioids are the gold-standard treatment for severe pain. However, potentially life-threatening side effects decrease the safety and effectiveness of these compounds. The addiction liability of these drugs has led to the current epidemic of opioid abuse in the US. Extensive research efforts have focused on trying to dissociate the analgesic properties of opioids from their undesirable side effects. Splice variants of the mu opioid receptor (MOR), which mediates opioid actions, have unique pharmacological properties and anatomic distributions that make them attractive candidates for therapeutic pain relief...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318497/belief-bias-reasoning-in-non-clinical-delusion-prone-individuals
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T Anandakumar, E Connaughton, M Coltheart, R Langdon
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: It has been proposed that people with delusions have difficulty inhibiting beliefs (i.e., "doxastic inhibition") so as to reason about them as if they might not be true. We used a continuity approach to test this proposal in non-clinical adults scoring high and low in psychometrically assessed delusion-proneness. High delusion-prone individuals were expected to show greater difficulty than low delusion-prone individuals on "conflict" items of a "belief-bias" reasoning task (i...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318446/science-to-practice-does-fdg-differentiate-morphologically-unstable-from-stable-atherosclerotic-plaque
#20
Vasken Dilsizian, Hossein Jadvar
It has been reported that fluorine 18 fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) positron emission tomography (PET) may detect the inflammatory state and macrophage burden of atherosclerotic plaques and potentially identify vulnerable plaques. However, published reports have been inconsistent in this area. Tavakoli et al ( 1 ) hypothesized that differential regulation of macrophage glucose metabolism by macrophage colony-stimulating factor (M-CSF; inflammation resolving) and granulocyte-M-CSF (GM-CSF; proinflammatory) may contribute to the inconsistency of FDG vessel wall inflammation...
April 2017: Radiology
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